Nivens Creek Access Area closing for repairs

November 19, 2013 

Nivens Creek Access Area closing for repairs

The Nivens Creek Boating Access Area on Lake Wylie will be closed for about a week beginning Dec. 2 to allow for paving repairs to the parking area. Weather permitting, the access area will reopen Dec. 8.

“These maintenance repairs are part of ongoing efforts by Duke Energy to ensure quality access areas are available to the recreational boating public for use at our lakes,” said John Crutchfield, director of Duke Energy’s public safety and recreation strategy planning services.

Boaters may use the Allison Creek, Ebenezer Park and Buster Boyd Access Areas as alternates during this time.

For more information, visit

Boaters can register for Dec. 14 parade

The lake will light up with one of Lake Wylie Chamber of Commerce’s most popular events, the 25th annual “Lights on the Lake” Holiday Boat Parade, to be held Dec. 14.

Boats will meet at T-Bones on the Lake docks, near Buster Boyd Bridge, by 6 p.m. for line up. A meeting of the boat captains will be held at the same time.

The parade begins at 6:30 p.m., and the route spans both sides of the Buster Boyd Bridge. Best viewing is from the deck at T-Bones and Buster Boyd Access Area.

Awards will be presented to the participant with the most creative lighting display. There will be first-, second- and third-place winners.

Early registration costs $20 and must be received by Dec. 12. Late or same-day registration is $25.

Checks may be mailed with registration form to Boat Parade, Lake Wylie Chamber of Commerce, P.O. Box 5233, Lake Wylie, SC 29710.

For more information and a registration form, call 803-831-2827, email or visit

Boater safety course offered

U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 26-02 offers About Boating Safely Course from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. every third Saturday, except in December.

Cost is $35 for first family member and $10 for each additional family member.

For more information, call 704-576-0821.

Marine group meets monthly throughout area

Lake Wylie Marine Commission meets at 7 p.m. the fourth Monday of the month at various locations in York, Gaston and Mecklenburg counties.

The public is invited.

For more information and meeting location, visit

Volunteer instructors sought to teach clinics

Experienced freshwater anglers are sought by the S.C. Department of Natural Resources Aquatic Education Section to become Certified DNR Fishing Instructors to teach Family Fishing Clinic programs.

The Family Fishing Clinics are designed to introduce the basics of freshwater fishing to the young and old. Participants will learn how to tie fishing knots, rig rods, cast, fish and more. The S.C. Department of Natural Resources’ Aquatic Education Section hopes to accomplish this through the FFCs and a trained set of skilled volunteers.

Volunteers must be willing to attend a training session and undergo a SLED background and driving record check. Once trained, the Certified DNR Fishing Instructors will be expected to host at least two clinics a year for a minimum of 15 participants and no more than 25 participants and turn in the required reporting documents.

The Certified DNR Fishing Instructor Training is set for Jan. 25 in West Columbia from 1 to 5 p.m. Visit

Lake info available on app

Duke Energy has made its lake information “smartphone friendly.”

The site can be accessed on a smart phone at The default menu shows an option for “Lakes and Recreation.”

Duke Energy’s lake information web pages – which include recreational water release schedules, lake levels and alerts – attract thousands of hits each month. The number rises steadily when heavy rainfall causes high water conditions at the lakes managed by the company.

In addition to accessing the new mobile-enabled website, boaters can check real-time lake levels and updates at, and on Duke Energy’s lake information phone line at 800-829-5253.

Scuba club dives into events

The Carolina Scuba & Adventure Club meets monthly at the Towne Tavern in Fort Mill. Club members will participate in beach cleanups, including an underwater cleanup. Email

Covekeepers meet monthly

The Covekeepers, volunteers who work with Catawba Riverkeepers, meet the second Wednesday of the month at 7 p.m. at T-Bones on the Lake.

The public is invited. For more information or to report water issue concerns, visit

Dive team needs volunteers

The York County Emergency Response Team is seeking volunteers to join the team.

Scuba divers and non-divers are needed. Visit to find out more.

For more information, call 803-372-7593.

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